Industry: Engineering/Energy
Type of Internship: Product Design/Testing/Quality Control
Student Name: Neil Foxman
Graduation Year: 2014
Major: Mechanical Engineering, Music
Minor: None
Position Title: Product Support Group
Hours: 40 hours per week
Paid or Unpaid: Paid, full-time

What do you do as an intern at this organization?

When a product design document or procedure needs to be changed, I help research the root cause, make the requested changes, and submit a change notice so that the parts can be made or used more efficiently.

How did you find this internship?

Several representatives of the company, including my team manager, attended a Tufts Career Fair.

What do you enjoy most about your internship?

The people I work with are very friendly and helpful, and they put a surprisingly high amount of interest in making sure I leave the internship with a wealth of new knowledge.

What do you find challenging?

Working for a larger company has more administrative steps, so it was a slow start. It took about a month for me to have access to the several websites and databases I work with, and I still don't have a good feel of how to use them.

What advice would you offer to someone who wants to make the most of an internship like yours?

Maintaining an interest in what you can learn is crucial. I could sit back and just do the jobs they tell me as slowly as possible, but my interest in engineering allowed me to learn a lot more about how products are released, how large companies functioned, and the importance of communication. Also, send in applications ASAP! My entire hiring process was complete within several weeks, and delays may cost you missing crucial interview/application opportunities.

About the Organization

North Reading, Massachusetts

Teradyne (NYSE:TER) is a leading supplier of Automatic Test Equipment used to test semiconductors, wireless products, data storage and complex electronic systems which serve consumer, communications, industrial and government customers. In 2012, Teradyne had sales of $1.66 billion and currently employs over 3,700 people worldwide. The company's divisions, Semiconductor Test Division, Systems Test Group, and Wireless Test are organized by the products they develop and deliver.